New police chief sworn in

Oneonta considers taxing issues

During its latest session, the Oneonta City Council reviewed possible tax measures with implications for the city. Addressing one specifically, councilors passed a resolution opposing legislation in the current Alabama legislative session. The Alabama League of Municipalities had requested the city take a stand against a house bill (HB 58) and its companion senate version (SB 31). Those bills would […]

Will his work go on? And will he land softly? Yes and yes


When the news broke that Philip Cleveland had resigned earlier this year from his job as deputy superintendent in charge of career tech education for the Alabama State Department of Education, it raised two immediate questions. (1) What will happen to Cleveland’s mission of preparing the state secondary education system to rapidly expand career technical programs throughout the state to […]

Little Free Library celebrates birthday

The Little Free Library at 400 Fourth Avenue East had a birthday last week. Note the festive birthday cap mounted on the roofline. The library, designed to look like a miniature rustic house and mounted on a post like a mailbox, has been in use for one year at the home of Kevin and Carrie Towns. Being stewards for the […]

News Briefs

APPLACHIAN HIGH SCHOOL will sponsor the play, The Ribbon, on Friday, April 7, at 6 p.m., at the school. Tickets are $5 per person, free admission for children 5 and under. SPRING RIVER WALK sponsored by the Friends of the Locust Fork River, will be Saturday, April 8, at 2 p.m. Senior naturalist Zac Napier will direct 2-3 hour walk. […]

Fields to address county Democratic Club

The Blount County Democratic Club will host Cullman County native Rev. James C. Fields Jr., at its April 13 meeting. Fields, elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in a special January 2008, election, ran for lieutenant governor in 2014. Born in historic Colony, Ala., Fields graduated from Hanceville High School and then Jacksonville State University, obtaining a bachelor’s degree […]

Reader Writes

series of you for publishing the recent of articles on the subject child Thank weeks, you presented your readers with 12 pages of text and abuse. Over three photos that were very informative. Your articles were unavoidably disturbing, Rice, Ron Gholson, and Jim Kilgore for but also very inspiring. I commend Rob treating such a difficult topic in a very […]

The strange appointment of Luther Strange


Lots of folks are still mad about our lame-duck Governor Robert Bentley naming Attorney General Luther Strange to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Jeff Sessions. If the sitting attorney general of a state openly says that he is investigating the governor and then that governor appoints that attorney general to the senate seat it looks funny. It gives […]

Bible reading marathon proclamation

On March 28, Oneonta Mayor Ross Norris and Probate Judge Chris Green, jointly signed a proclamation declaring May 4–7 as the Oneonta/Blount County Bible Reading Marathon. Both Green and Norris are very supportive of the upcoming marathon. Mayor Norris said, “It is such an honor to be a part of this great event.” Beginning at 8 a.m. on May 4, […]


In the March 22 edition, the newspaper reported in error that office hours for the Hayden branch of the Disabled American Veterans are Mondays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The correct time is Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The office is located in the Hayden Town Hall. It assists veterans in filing for benefits. The Chapter Service […]